ICMR JRF Exam 2021

ICMR JRF Exam 2021 Notification – Eligibility, Application Details & Deadline

Dear Biotecnikans, finally the ICMR JRF Exam 2021 Application Form Has Been Released – Check Details Below. Keep a check on our website regularly to be notified when more details on the ICMR Junior Research Fellowship Examination 2021 are released.

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Websites : https://main.icmr.nic.in/ & pgimer.edu.in
Email : [email protected]
Phone No. : 0172-2755561


Important Dates

  • Date for filling of online application form: 01.07.2021
  • Last date for filling of online application: 31.07.2021
    (Not to be extended in any case) the last date for submission of the online application form for the ICMR JRF-2021 entrance exam has been extended till 08.08.2021 (Sunday).
  • Date of Entrance Examination: 12.09.2021

Computer Based Test for selection of candidates for the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for the year 2021 will be held on 12.09.2021 (Sunday) from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM at various cities across India.

ICMR will hold a National level examination on Sunday, September 12, 2021, for determining the eligibility of Indian National candidates for

the award of JRF through ICMR. The award of JRF to the successful eligible candidates will depend on their finding placement in a medical college/hospital/university/national laboratory/institution of higher learning and research as applicable. Fellowship will be initiated from the date of PhD enrolment (should be within one year from the date of issue of JRF award letter) and it will be treated as date of joining, the total duration being five years or submission of PhD thesis (whichever is earlier).

(I) A total of 150 Fellowships would be awarded. (maximum 120 fellowships would be
awarded for work in the field of biomedical sciences with emphasis on Life Sciences
(like microbiology, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, human biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, immunology, pharmacology, nursing, zoology, botany, environmental sciences and veterinary medicine (excluding Agriculture extension/Soil Sciences, etc.) and a maximum of thirty (30) fellowships would be awarded for work an emphasis on Social Sciences like psychology, sociology, home sciences, statistics, anthropology, social work and public health/health economics (Agriculture Economics will not be considered).

(I-i)Two separate merit lists, one comprising the candidates qualifying for Life Sciences and
the second for those candidates qualifying for Social Sciences will be made on the
basis of their performance in the above exam.

(I-ii) The candidates selected for the JRF programme of ICMR would be permitted to enrol
themselves for the PhD programme in subjects of biomedical/health research of
any University/Medical College recognized by the UGC/MCI.

(II) Another 100 candidates list may/may not be declared for consideration for positions of JRF under various research projects funded by ICMR (subject to fulfilling the conditions for appointment under the schemes) for the duration of that scheme as per the decision by the Competent Authority of ICMR. These 100 additional JRFs if declared would also be permitted to complete PhD while working in the scheme if enrolled for PhD. The validity of the result will be two years for placement ONLY in ICMR funded projects, subject to vacancy.

(III) SC/ST/OBC/PwBD (Persons with Benchmark Disabilities) and Economically Weaker
Sections (EWS) applicants in the General category will be given special consideration/reservation as per Govt. policy guidelines.

(IV). The final result list would be available on the ICMR website: http//icmr.nic.in.

Educational Qualification:

M.Sc. /M.A. or equivalent degree (subject areas mentioned in Section 5, pg. no. 7)
with a minimum of 55% marks for General/EWS/OBC candidates and 50% for the SC/ST and PwBD candidates.

A candidate who is appearing/has appeared in the final year (IV/VI Semester whichever
is applicable, and final year where Semester system is not there) of M.Sc./M.A. or equivalent examination during the session (2020-2021) can also apply for the exam as RA (Result Awaited). Such candidates will have to submit the attestation format (given in Annexure-I duly certified by the Head of the Department/Institute over his/her signature and rubber stamp (with address and name) where he/she is appearing in the final year examination. However, such candidates shall be admitted to the Exam provisionally and shall be considered eligible for JRF only after they submit the proof of having passed the Master’s Degree examination with the requisite percentage. The M.Sc. /M.A. or equivalent degree mark sheet must be submitted to ICMR, latest by 31st December 2021 otherwise candidature will automatically be forfeited.

Age Limit

The age limit for admission to the eligibility test is 28 years as of 30-09-2021 (upper
age limit relaxable up to five years in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST, PwBD and
female candidates, three years in the case of OBC category.


  • As prescribed by UGC.
  • A sample question paper for ICMR JRF Examination is available on the ICMR website


  • Fee for General/EWS/OBC: Rs. 1500/- +Transaction charges as applicable.
  • Fee for SC/ST: Rs. 1200/- +Transaction charges as applicable.
  • Fee for PwBD: Exempted from payment of a fee.

All candidates are directed to deposit the above fee through the online payment gateway
available at ICMR-JRF 2021 application portal w.e.f. 01.07.2021 to 31.07.2021. Payment through UPI may be avoided.

through UPI should be avoided)

All applicants are advised to read the information brochure and instructions
carefully before starting online registration and ensure that no column is left
blank. In the event of rejection of the application form, no correspondence/request for
reconsideration will be entertained. Applicants are also advised to download and take a
print of the Application form. They should retain a copy of the Application form till the
award of the fellowship.

Aspiring candidates are advised to visit ICMR or PGIMER websites i.e. https://main.icmr.nic.in/ & www.pgimer.edu.in regularly for updates.

Dated: 09.06.2021

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